Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-Up Services)

When you complete Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services stream), you’ll be set for a career in the entertainment industry. If you’re serious about a career as a make-up artist you’ll learn all the tricks of the trade... and your friends will love you at Hallowe'en!

Make up courses | Melbourne Polytechnic

Become a specialist in make-up in just one year

Studying for Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) you will learn how to design, apply and remove make-up. The course also includes specialist make-up effects and styling wigs and hair.

One area of the course that appeals to students is working with prosthetics for specialist make-up effects.

During this practical and hands-on program you will discover how to design and apply make-up for performance, collaborating with other student groups who are producing theatre, film, television productions.

Industry connections and resources

Melbourne Polytechnic teachers have specialised skills in the field of make-up and are closely related to industry.

A purpose-built classroom with individual student workstations allows you to experience excellent related industry practices. There is also a prosthetics lab where students work together to create detailed special effects such as is seen on film, television and the stage.

During the course you will be given the opportunity to work on industry related events. These could be local council projects or even at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). You may have even seen Melbourne Polytechnic’s Screen and Media/Specialist Make-Up Services students at the National Gallery of Victoria. We were invited to work on the David Bowie Exhibition during Fashion Week and it was a resounding success.

Employment outcomes

When you have successfully completed the course you will be ready to set up your own business, or work in the theatre, film and television industries. You will also be able to offer unique services at weddings and parties.

Work placement

You will be expected to complete a certain number of hours of industry related experience throughout the year, which you can organise yourself or Melbourne Polytechnic staff can organise it. Alternatively, you can collaborate with staff to set up your work placement. Details of industry hours will be determined at the commencement of the course.


You will be assessed through a combination of work-based projects and course-based assignments.


For any additional information, or to take your application further, please contact a Melbourne Polytechnic Education and Career Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.

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03 9269 8400


Full-time: 12 months
1080 nominal hours.

Part-time: available

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery



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Entrance Requirements

Assessment Methods

Assessment is by a combination of work based projects and course based assignments


You will be required to purchase your own make-up kit.
We will help you to do that once you have enrolled in the course

Pathways to further study

You may wish to go on and study further specialist fields in Screen and Media. Discuss further study options with Melbourne Polytechnic teaching staff

Career Pathways

Your qualification in specialist make-up services will lead to a range of jobs:
  • make-up artist
  • make-up assistant
  • retail make-up artist
  • hair and wig stylist (and wig maintenance)
  • special make-up effects artist
  • prosthetics artist

Enrolment Intake

  • February

Units Of Study

The Units of Study listed below have been approved for VET FEE-HELP. You may be required to undertake additional Units of Study in order to obtain the qualification. You will need to determine your particular combination of Units of Study with the department.

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process 40
BSBCRT403 Explore the history and social impact of creativity 50
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts 30
BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief 20
BSBPMG522 Undertake project work 60
BSBREL401 Establish networks 30
CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge 50
CUAMUP401 Design, apply and remove make-up 160
CUAMUP402 Maintain make-up and hair continuity 140
CUAMUP403 Style hair for performances or productions 60
CUAMUP404 Style wigs and hairpieces for performances or productions 120
CUAMUP502 Design and apply specialised make-up 65
CUAMUP503 Design and apply special make-up effects 60
CUAMUP504 Create prosthetics for special make-up effects 110
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice 30

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.